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FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 8, 2006 - ISSUE NO. 228

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INVITATION

Dear EMMA Members and Friends,

Our Second Annual Conference for 2006 will be held on November 15-17 at the Hilton Hotel in Budapest. Attached please find the Program Summary, registration forms and hotel booking information. It is important that you use this hotel booking form to identify yourselves as EMMA delegates in order to obtain the special rate we have negotiated and account for the number of participants we have committed to the hotel. Once completed it should be faxed to the hotel on +36-1-889-6705

The Budapest Conference will include two half-day sessions for team work aiming at the formulation of a strategy for the industry, which will form the basis for the Association's own strategy, future direction and actions. It is therefore essential that as many Members as possible participate in this event and contribute with their individual and collective know-how and vision. Wireless communications are becoming increasingly complex and competitive, but there are also market niches that need simple, proven and solid messaging technologies, such as paging. Several of the presentations selected will be addressing these opportunities and the strategy sessions are bound to identify and prioritize those that can be tapped in the short term throughout the Industry.

As with the Conference in Athens, we would like to see delegates from outside Europe join the sessions and share their success stories, as well as challenges. In fact, we would like to encourage our North American, Latin American, Asian and Australian Members and Friends to attend and circulate this invitation to other interested parties among their contacts, including corporate users of wireless messaging. We have kept the Conference registration fee and hotel room rate to a very affordable level in order to encourage participating companies send more than one delegate.

As with all EMMA Conferences, time is set aside to create an atmosphere favorable to discussing business among participants.

Budapest is a very exciting city and the side activities we are planning should enable everyone return home with a pleasant memory from this trip. As the Conference ends on Friday afternoon, you may want to extend your stay there. We have arranged with the hotel to maintain the EMMA rate for stays before or after the event. We also like to encourage you bring along a spouse or companion.

We look forward to seeing you all in November in Budapest!

Best regards,

Derek Banner and Jacques N. Couvas


On October 19, 2005, in Helsinki, Finland, a new paging association was formed. Successor to WMA (Wireless Messaging Association UK) and EMMA (European Mobile Messaging Association), the new association retained EMMA as its name. Derek Banner, former chairman of WMA was elected chairman of the new EMMA.

You can contact Mr. Banner by calling him on +44 1895 473 551 or e-mailing him at: derek.banner@wirelessmessaging.org.  left arrow CLICK HERE

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High-tech van is city's latest weapon in disaster response

By Gary Washburn
Tribune staff reporter
Published September 6, 2006, 8:02 PM CDT

chicago emergency van On the day before a downtown evacuation drill, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley on Wednesday unveiled another component of the city's disaster response planning: a long-awaited high-tech emergency communications van that could take over if the city's 911 center were disabled.

In lesser emergencies, the $2 million vehicle will be used at incident sites to coordinate police, fire, and other responders, providing an immediate flow of information to those on the scene, officials said.

The van will be use at Thursday's evacuation drill, which is expected to involve thousands of employees who work in high-rises near Wacker Drive and Monroe Street.

The exercise will be the first of its kind in the country and represents "one more example of the city's commitment to preparedness," said Andrew Velasquez, executive director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

The so-called Unified Response Vehicle is "unlike any other in the nation," Daley said at a news conference at the 911 center. "Through satellite linkups, the van can receive 911 calls and then dispatch them to first responders, even when phone lines have been compromised.

"From this vehicle, we [also] will be able to shoot and view video footage and access images from any of the hundreds of city-operated video cameras located throughout Chicago," he said. "With this capability, city officials will be able to be at the location of one emergency scene and monitor another scene miles away."

In a similar announcement in 2003, on the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York and on the Pentagon, Daley said the city would purchase a sophisticated communications van developed by the Naval Research Laboratory.

But developments in technology "left that thing behind," said Cortez Trotter, the city's emergency planning chief.

If the 911 center were to be knocked out, the new van could feed about 200 phone lines to emergency operators who would set up operations in an adjacent tent at a remote location, officials said.

"In essence, we can create a 911 operations floor right at the vehicle," Velasquez said.

Source: Chicago Tribune


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September 6, 2006

Illinois showcases robust emergency response capabilities during annual conference
Two dozen exhibits feature Illinois emergency response equipment and special teams

SPRINGFIELD – As the five year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks approaches, Illinois officials put the state’s impressive emergency response capabilities on display at the annual Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s conference this week. Two dozen exhibits feature emergency response equipment, vehicles and special response teams developed through the state’s homeland security program. More than 800 emergency management professionals from throughout Illinois are attending the annual conference in Springfield, which offers classes and presentations to help them keep abreast of issues in emergency management.

“As we approach the five year anniversary of 9/11, the victims and their families are still in our thoughts and prayers. The anniversary also serves as a reminder that we must remain vigilant and continue to build our arsenal to prevent and fight terrorism. This week in Springfield, we are putting our strong commitment to homeland security on display. Our special teams and equipment demonstrate that Illinois is ready to respond to a terrorist attack and protect our communities. And, we continue to improve upon these assets as we seek new ways to provide the best possible protection for the people of our state,” said Gov. Blagojevich.

Illinois’ response capabilities are highlighted in 24 exhibits that include several of the state’s special response teams, such as the State Weapons of Mass Destruction Team (SWMDT), the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System’s regional special response team, the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team (IMERT), the Urban Search and Rescue Team, a Level-A HAZMAT Team, a Technical Rescue Team, and the Illinois National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package.

Response vehicles in the display include IEMA’s Unified Area Command trailer, a Mobile Command Post, an Illinois Department of Transportation Bell helicopter, and IEMA’s satellite truck and communications van.

Equipment on display at the conference includes the state’s Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System (VACIS), Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), a mass decontamination trailer, an Illinois Transportable Emergency Communications Systems (ITECS) Suite, a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trailer, interoperable communications equipment, mobile data computers, the Emergency Response Team Credentialing Project, the Illinois Citizen and Law Enforcement Analysis and Report System (I-CLEAR) and the Illinois Livestock Emergency Response Tool (ILERT). In addition, the ITTF’s training and education for responders, as well as public information items, also will be on display.

“I commend the Illinois Terrorism Task Force and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency for their dedication to building these response capabilities and providing local emergency management professionals with the training and tools they need for effective preparedness and response,” said Col. Jill Morgenthaler, the governor’s deputy chief of staff for public safety. “While much of this response capability was developed for homeland security purposes, it has also greatly enhanced both state and local response to other emergencies, such as tornadoes, flooding and hazardous materials events.”

This year’s IEMA conference offers emergency management professionals a variety of educational options, including classes in First Aid and CPR, Geological Information System (GIS) training for emergency management coordinators, communications skills, and radiological response. The conference’s general session topics include sheltering for special needs populations, compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS), an overview of state and federal preparations for Avian Flu, an update from the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, and a presentation by Police Commander Chris Allison, who was the incident commander following the 2005 London bombings.

In addition, break-out sessions provide several other educational opportunities on such topics as mortuary response following Hurricane Katrina, mental health considerations during emergencies, transportation of radioactive materials in Illinois, labor-related issues during an emergency, enactment of the Illinois Safety Drill Act, and a discussion with local elected officials who have been faced with major emergencies.

The IEMA conference concludes Thursday at noon.

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Source: Illinois Government News Network


Press Release Source: Federal Signal Corporation

Federal Signal Corporation Helps Meet the City of Chicago's Homeland Security Needs

Thursday September 7, 3:07 pm ET
Federal Signal E-ONE Command and Control Vehicle Used in Evacuation Drill

OAK BROOK, Ill., Sept 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS - News) today announced that the City of Chicago has taken delivery of a command and control vehicle that features a fully integrated Federal Signal E-ONE truck body and chassis. This vehicle offers state-of-the- art emergency communications tools that continue to position Chicago as a leader in homeland security preparation, response and incident management. The City of Chicago will rely on the vehicle for the first time today in a major urban evacuation drill — a first for a large American city.

The vehicle — Chicago's Mobile Command Center — will become a mobile base-of-operations for the City's Office of Emergency Management and Command (OEMC), if the OEMC headquarters is rendered inoperable.

"Federal Signal is proud to continue its long partnership with the City of Chicago as a key contributor to the command vehicle project," said Robert D. Welding, president and CEO. "The world is changing and Federal Signal is collaborating with forward thinking municipalities like the City of Chicago to develop new ways to meet emerging government and homeland security needs."

Federal Signal collaborated with a team of technology and telecommunications companies in the design and manufacture of the mobile command vehicle. Built to the City's exact specifications, the vehicle highlights the commitment Richard J. Daley, Mayor of the City of Chicago, has for achieving a superior level of emergency preparedness and response.

The command and control vehicles manufactured by E-ONE are part of Federal Signal's unique portfolio of security solutions that includes fire rescue vehicles, weather warning systems and sirens, and water treatment monitoring systems — all of which are used by progressive communities around the world.

About Federal Signal Corporation

Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS - News) is a global leader in advancing security and well-being for communities and workplaces around the world. The company manufactures a broad range of environmental and fire rescue vehicles and safety and signaling products that help protect people, property and the environment. Federal Signal's leading brands include Bronto®, Elgin®, E- ONE®, Federal APD®, Federal Signal®, Guzzler®, Jetstream® and Vactor®. In addition, Federal Signal operates a consumable industrial tooling business that includes the leading CLAPPDiCO®, Dayton Progress®, Manchester® and PCS® brands. Federal Signal was founded in 1901 and is based in Oak Brook, Illinois. To learn more about Federal Signal Corporation visit http://www.federalsignal.com.

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Telus's $1M communications trucks designed to help emergency crews

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Telus communications manager Julie Smithers stands in front of one of the company's SATCOLT trucks with the special Motorola i355 phones that would be lent to emergency workers in the field.
Photograph by : Wayne Cuddington, The Ottawa Citizen

Kristin Goff, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Canada now has two disaster communications mobile units, similar to those set up after Hurricane Katrina knocked out communications for large areas in the southern United States last year.

Telus obtained the two units in April at a cost of about $1 million each, but so far it hasn't had to use its emergency response trucks in anything but practice runs.

The SATCOLT (satellite cell site on light truck) is an oversized van that carries an antenna and satellite dish, providing enough communications capability to handle up to 1,000 emergency calls simultaneously, said Colin Belshaw, director corporate development for Telus, during a demonstration of the van in Ottawa yesterday.

The SATCOLT can be flown in or driven to the site of a disaster and be set up in about an hour. Once it is operating, communications service would be available to anyone with a cellphone, but Telus plans to supply emergency workers with special handsets that would give them priority access to communications links.

The communication unit can also handle links for laptop computers or video conferencing calls. It has more communications capacity than any conventional cell site in Canada, said Mr. Belshaw.

It costs about $500 to fill up the truck with fuel, as officials learned on a trip crisscrossing Canada to introduce the new units to municipal governments and emergency planners. It isn't just that the oversized van isn't fuel efficient. Its tank has to be large enough to run its built-in generator for seven days, Mr. Belshaw said.

Telus's new units were based on designs used by Sprint in the United States for its disaster units, which helped provide communications links in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Telus modified the design to withstand colder temperatures and rough terrain, Mr. Belshaw said.
Telus plans to keep one unit in the Vancouver area and one near Toronto, for quick response to a disaster anywhere in Canada, he said.

While Telus doesn't expect the emergency vans will be "profit centres," it does hope municipalities will lease them when an emergency arises. It is also hoped federal and provincial levels of government will consider using them to supplement or to back up their own systems, said Mr. Belshaw.

In addition, the units can be used to supplement communications networks during conventions or summits, royal and political visits, large sporting events and disaster training.

Source: The Ottawa Citizen


Ascalade develops first cordless phone for Skype that doesn't need a computer

RICHMOND, BC, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - Ascalade Communications Inc. ("Ascalade" or "the Company") (TSX: ACG) announced today that it has collaborated with Skype, the global Internet communications company, to develop a cordless phone which gives people the freedom to use Skype™ without the need for a computer. This new product will be marketed and distributed through leading consumer electronic and networking equipment brands. These branded distributors, also Ascalade's strategic customers, have launched other Skype Certified™ products.

"Ascalade's technology is loading Skype directly onto phones, eliminating the need for a computer," said Manrique Brenes, Director of Hardware for Skype. "This new market offering helps us to offer as many options to our users as possible."

As a key Skype technology partner, Ascalade has worked extensively with Skype's development team on the embedded technology behind the core product platform, and has collaborated with the consumer branded distributors on their unique industrial designs. Because users do not need a computer to make a Skype call, this new cordless phone allows even more people to take advantage of free Internet calls from one Skype account to another, using Skype software. Users can simply pick up the phone to make free calls to their Skype contacts or make inexpensive calls to landlines or mobile phone numbers using SkypeOut™. The new phone also features a connection to ordinary PSTN lines for traditional phone calling. A user can now access their Skype contact list and view online contact status on the full color screen. (It is important to note that Skype itself is not a replacement of an ordinary phone and it cannot be used for emergency calling.)

"We are extremely excited to have collaborated with Skype on these innovative products, the very first of their kind in the VoIP market," said Bruce Bernard, Chief Technology Officer of Ascalade. "This certified cordless phone for Skype offers the benefits of Skype calling in an innovative and user-friendly platform. We will continue to work with Skype and our strategic customers to bring innovative and user-friendly Internet communications products to the mass market."

The new cordless phones for Skype "without a computer" will be marketed and sold under some of the world's leading consumer electronics and networking equipment brands. Phones are expected to be on shelves in the latter half of 2006.

About Ascalade:
Ascalade Communications Inc. designs and manufactures digital wireless and communications products for branded distributors and telecommunications companies. The Company's current products include digital cordless phones, VoIP phones, digital wireless enterprise conference phones and digital wireless baby monitors. The Company's vertically integrated design, manufacturing and distribution offices are located in Richmond, British Columbia (Canada, head office), Dongguan (China), Hong Kong and London (UK).

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This discussion and analysis in this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. When used in this discussion and analysis the words "will", "plan", "expect", "believe", "continued" and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements are not historical facts, but reflect our current expectations. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectation, including matters discussed more fully under "Risk Factors" in the MD&A portion of our 2005 Annual Report, which is available at www.sedar.com. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, risks related to: uncertainty of revenues from VoIP technology, failure to develop new products or to enhance existing products, short product life cycles and rapid technological change. There can be no assurance that our expectations will prove to be correct. Consequently, all forward-looking statements made are qualified by these cautionary statements and other cautionary statements and factors contained herein. Ascalade disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Skype is not a replacement for your ordinary telephone and cannot be used for emergency calling.

Skype, SkypeIn, SkypeOut, Skype Me, Skype Certified, Skypecasts, associated logos and the "S" symbol are trademarks of Skype Limited.

For further information:
Cindy Cheung, Marketing Communications Specialist, Ascalade Communications Inc., Phone: (604) 204-2899, Email: cindy.cheung@ascalade.com

Source: CNW Telbec


09/04/06; Vol. 21 No. 17

20 technologies that disrupted an industry

By Doug Beizer
Staff Writer

Of the many new technologies that hit the market, only a few change the way we do business.

Over the last 20 years, new technologies have crowded onto the scene, one quickly superceding another, creating new ways of networking, bringing the Internet — and with it the world — to the farthest corners of the globe, changing forever the way the world communicates.

These 20 technologies, more than any others, have changed the way our government works.

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The PC
Sure, personal computers have been around for more than 20 years, but it has been only over the last two decades that the ubiquitous boxes have become the key tool for nearly every task in government, from waging war to processing income tax returns.

Notebook PCs
Whether lugged on the road for a Powerpoint presentation or mounted in a Humvee to monitor an unmanned aerial vehicle, portable computers help extend the reach of government. The first Compaq portable introduced in 1983 weighed a hefty 28 pounds. IBM’s first ThinkPad, released in 1992, had a 10.4-inch color TFT screen and a TrackPoint pointing device, weighed 5.7 lb, and had 120M of memory.

Microprocessors
From the Intel i386 to the AMD Opteron, performance has soared, paving the way for intensive computer applications. In 1989, Intel’s 486 processor was the equivalent of about 1 million transistors. Today’s Itanium 2 processor is pushing 1 billion transistors.

Motorola StarTAC
At its introduction in 1996, Motorola’s 3.1 ounce StarTAC was billed as a “wearable cellular telephone” and “the world’s smallest and lightest.” The basic clamshell design is still used by phone manufacturers. More importantly, the lightweight portable phone has been a significant driver in the concept of mobility and “work from anywhere.”

BlackBerry
Walk the halls of Congress or any federal building and you'll see people thumb-typing away on Research in Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry handhelds. Some, like Microsoft’s Bill Gates, see portable computing as IT’s future. The BlackBerry’s rise from two-way pager in 1996 to today’s all-in-one phone, e-mail, Web browser and organizer support that prediction.

Software

Groupware and Lotus Notes
Although it’s likely past its prime, this was the software that arguably launched online collaboration into the mainstream. The original vision of Notes included online discussion, e-mail and document databases. As networking became more capable, Notes became known as groupware.

Windows 95
Remember the lines at computer stores to buy Windows 95 as soon as it hit the shelves? Security and operating issues have dogged the operating system over the years, but it’s impossible to argue its dominance on desktops. Windows 95 introduced the graphical interface that would remain familiar to users of succeeding versions of Windows. And the Windows 95 Plus! Pack introduced the world to Internet Explorer.

Microsoft Office
WordStar and Lotus 1-2-3 were first, but for the last two decades Microsoft’s Office suite has been the hands-down winner in productivity software on desktops at federal agencies and just about everywhere else. Will open-source applications and Web applications eventually unseat Office? Watch this space.

Adobe Portable Document Format
The first version of Adobe Acrobat was released in 1993, setting the standard for exchanging electronic documents. Adobe Reader and Flash Player software combined are installed on more than 600 million PCs and other devices worldwide. Adobe Reader software is distributed in 26 languages on 10 major platforms. Adobe PDF documents comprise nearly 10 percent of the content on the Web.

Geographic Information Systems
Before Google Earth became the hip way to swoop down and see any geographical place on the planet, there was GIS. Installed in federal, state, tribal and local government, it lets people relate different information in a spatial context and reach conclusions about the relationship.

Linux
Well-entrenched in many areas of government, Linux looms large in the open source software movement. Some argue open source has too many security vulnerabilities, while others counter that a community of programmers constantly fixing bugs makes it the safest operating system.

Virtual Reality
Its development accelerated in recent years by gaming technology, virtual reality has been a boon to the drive to produce specialized training tools. More than any other federal entity, the Pentagon has embraced the technology as an efficient way to teach and reinforce skills. Look for continued evolution and government dollars spent on simulation technology.

Network and Communications

IP Router
Sun Microsystems Inc.’s assertion that the network is the computer is hard to argue with. But the hardware that’s enabled networking, whether in an office, a campus or around the world, is the router. The devices have let people share and collaborate over great distances. Cisco Systems Inc. was founded in 1984 largely on Internet Protocol networking technologies development.

Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
Although TCP/IP has its roots in 1970s Defense Department research, it changed the rest of the world only in the last 10 years. The Internet and mobility is all about communication and TCP/IP enables transmission of information packets over the Web.

Fiber Optics
Whether on the battlefield in surveillance video, or in an office building working with a massive database, bandwidth is one of IT’s most valuable commodities. For years, its lack blocked delivery of many bandwidth-hungry applications. For now, however, fiber optics has to some degree removed that obstacle.

802.11 Wireless Technology
It has enabled mobility and made public information personal. Alan Cohen from Cisco’s Mobility Solutions calls it the “great flattener” because of its ability to let individuals connect so easily. Security concerns have slowed government adoption, but now the technology seems poised for an explosive advance.

The Web

Mosaic Web browser
In this era of Web-based applications it’s hard to believe it was just 13 years ago that the first popular graphical browser was released. Developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Mosaic had native support for accessing documents and data via the Web, gopher and Anonymous file transfer protocol and Usenet News protocols. It had full HTML display, support for in-lined, i.e., displayed in the text, GIF images in HTML hypertext documents and support for GIF, JPEG, MPEG formats as well as QuickTime.

Mainstream Encryption
Military leaders since before the time of the Great Pyramids knew the value of protecting data. For the information age, encryption unlocked the potential for e-government and online government services. It will continue to be the key to fulfilling the promise of the Internet and wireless devices.

Apache Web Server
There wouldn't be an Internet without Web pages to serve up to users. According to several surveys, the open-source Apache software runs on more government Web servers than any other. It is easily one of the most popular open-source offerings ever produced.

Internet Search
When Google search was still a beta release in 1998, the site daily logged about 10,000 search queries. A year later, the site was logging more than 3 million queries a day. Which search engine doesn't matter, it is the search capability itself that led to the expansion and success of the Internet. As increasing numbers of applications become Web-enabled, search’s influence is sure to remain strong.

Source: Washington Technology


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Paging Technical Committee Meeting in Orlando

From: Stephen Oshinsky
Subject: Upcoming Face-to-face PTC Meeting
Date: September 7, 2006 10:07:56 AM CDT
To: Paging Technical Committee

Everyone I am pleased to announce that Unication and Sun Telecom will be co-sponsors of the PTC Face-to-face meeting on September 26th from 1-5 PM at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando. Both of these companies have shown great generosity over the years and tremendous support for the paging community.

We are in the final stages of planning and need a better headcount of those that will be attending. We plan on having soft drinks and snacks available and need to give the hotel some numbers. So far I have only heard from the following people:

Ken Knapp
Thom Brink
James Dabbs
Brooks Marsden
Derek Banner
Dietmar Gollnick
Bobby Brooks
Vic Jensen
[Brad Dye]

Please let me know ASAP if you are planning on attending.

Thanks

Stephen M. Oshinsky
Technical Advisory
601-460-3449

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Jay Moskowitz Honored

From: Jay Moskowitz
Subject: Cooper Union School of Engineering Advisory Council
Date: September 3, 2006 9:24:09 AM CDT
To: Brad Dye

I am very touched by the following:

I just received a letter from the President of my college, Cooper Union, inviting me to become a member of the schools Advisory Council. They define this as “ … a distinguished group of individuals whose insights and input on major issues are very helpful to the school in planning curricula and programs. Some of the 22 members are Cooper alumni, but most are not. They are leading professionals in various fields in engineering, business, science, and law whose experience and opinions we respect.”

They meet one afternoon a year to deal with broad issues such as entrepreneurship, leadership, ethics, community service, communication skills, and their importance to engineers. A group of the faculty, staff, and students are invited to meet with the Council.

This year they meet the afternoon of October 17th, the day I have tickets to fly back to Florida. But this is a prestigious honor to participate in this group and I am planning to change my tickets to the 18th so that I may attend.

Among the 22 members are two Nobel Laureates, one of which was a classmate of mine in Physics. Other members of the group are:

This will be an important group of contacts over the next few years while I expand my window tinting electronics business. Lutron is a potential company to acquire this technology from us in the future. Many others are potential customers.

This must have come about because the school wrote a 4 page biography of me which they called the “Wizard of Inventions”. They mailed this to every alumni of the school. I guess it said the right things to have them invite me to join such a distinguished group. I wonder if I have to put on a tie.


Jay Moskowitz
Chairman and Founder
SPD Control Systems Corp.
25 Health Sciences Drive
Suite 212B
Stony Brook, NY 11790
(516) 249-6900 (Direct Line)
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Web site: www.spdControlSystems.com
Email address: jay@spdControlSystems.com

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UNTIL NEXT WEEK

Well, that's all for this week folks. Please stay in touch.


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